Sri Aurobindo’s Last Darshan

N SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY Singapore Permit No. MICA (P) 249/06/2009 December 2009 NEWSLETTER VOL 23.12 Above was the brooding bliss of the Infinite, Its omniscient and omnipotent repose, Its immobile silence absolute and alone. Sri Aurobindo in Savitri Photo of Sri Aurobindo published with the permission of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust Month Guiding Light of the Month O my sweet Master, what childishness to think oneself responsible for anything at all and want to individualise Thy supreme a

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  N S R I A U R O B I N D O S O C I E T Y S i n g a p o r e Permit No. MICA (P) 249/06/2009 December 2009   NEWSLETTER VOL 23.12    Above was the brooding bliss of the Infinite, Its omniscient and omnipotent repose, Its immobile silence absolute and alone. -   Sri Aurobindo in Savitri Photo of Sri Aurobindo published with the permission of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust    2  Guiding Light of the Mont Guiding Light of the Mont Guiding Light of the Mont Guiding Light of the Month hh h  O my sweet Master, what childishness to think oneself responsible for anything at all and want to individualise Thy supreme and divine Will ! Is it not enough to unite with Thy heart and live there permanently, Then Thou takest all the responsibilities and Thy will works without even our needing to know it..... - The Mother From the Editor’s Desk From the Editor’s Desk From the Editor’s Desk From the Editor’s Desk  F FF F  ifty-nine years ago, on the 5 th day of December,Sri Aurobindo willfully left his earthly sheath,terminating his physical tenure here upon earth.The occasion is before us again to contemplateupon the divine departure. But can the Divinedepart? There is much to this, one instinctivelyknows. This so called departure was too differentand poignant, by all accounts, to brush it aside asa natural occurrence. Truly, it was a divinedeparture. But again, can the divine depart?Sri Aurobindo left behind a sacred body, the bodyof the “Golden Purusha” encased by a “goldencrimson hue” which The Mother referred to as theSupramental Light, the same Light Mother hadseen him pulling down during his last days. In“Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo”, Nirodbaranrecords that the Supramental Light had been“descending into the most outward physical since1938”. With his departure was possible the directdescent of the Light into his body and through it“into all Matter”. This sequence of eventsculminated in the spectacular Supramentalmanifestation of 1956. However, the details arestill to be “consciously worked out and aconcentrated yoga…required to hasten theevolution.” Sri Aurobindo’s departure is termed adivine sacrifice, the Purusha’s plunge into death,for the sake of all of Earth.Yet all his children have been taught that to grievewould be an insult to Him who is with us“conscious and alive.” The physical loss has beenmore than compensated by something else that histrue child would sense - His presence felt in themidst of one’s day to day life, in one’s heartspace, to converse with Him, receiving his helpand guidance.In 1972, on His birth centenary, The Mother calledon all to strive to be worthy of Sri Aurobindo’sbirth centenary. The message on the Samadhitestifies to all that one ought to be thankful to Him,for all that he was and has done. One senses afeeling of smallness, as one gradually realizes whatit may mean to be worthy of Sri Aurobindo, andhis presence in our midst, in our hearts. Wheredoes one start? This is a helpless question. But thehelplessness of this is immediately quelled as onecries out to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. All thehelp and guidance is always with us, we areassured, as well as the certainty of the divine’svictory. Only one thing is asked of us - an utterconsecration, a self-giving total, of our entire beingat the feet of the Divine. It is for each one of us towork out within ourselves what is asked of us.There is a promise of victory, a divine victory, aneventual evolution of the animal-man into man-divine. Meanwhile, the word departed must lose itsflavour, its meaning too, when we discover andrealize other realms in which the essence of thedivine can exist, in concrete terms. That remains apersonal experience for each one of us to live andsavour. The Divine, then, has not departed. Hesimply cannot. Here are The Mother’s words of Dec 7 1950, clear as crystal: “Lord, this morningThou hast given me the assurance that Thouwouldst stay with us until Thy work is achieved,not only as a consciousness which guides andillumines but also as a dynamic Presence in action.In unmistakable terms Thou hast promised that allof Thyself would remain here and not leave theearth atmosphere until earth is transformed.”Another opportunity for introspection andcontemplation avails itself at our doorsteps…   3  Savitri To the still heights and to the troubled depths His equal spirit gave its vast assent: A poised serenity of tranquil strength, A wide unshaken look on Time’s unrest Faced all experience with unaltered peace. Indifferent to the sorrow and delight,Untempted by the marvel and the call, Immobile it beheld the flux of things,Calm and apart supported all that is: His spirit’s stillness helped the toiling world.   (Savitri  ,   Book 1, Canto 3) *********** The poison of the world has stained his throat. In the market-place of Matter’s capital Amidst the chafferings of the affair called life He is tied to the stake of a perennial Fire; He burns on an unseen srcinal vergeThat Matter maybe turned to spirit stuff: He is the victim of his own sacrifice.The Immortal bound to earth’s mortality Appearing and perishing on the roads of TimeCreates God’s moment by eternity’s beats. He dies that the world may be new-born and live. (Savitri  ,   Book 6, Canto 2) ************  It is finished, the dread mysterious sacrifice,Offered by God’s martyred body for the world. He who has found his identity with God Pays with the body’s death his soul’s vast light. His knowledge immortal triumphs by his death. (Savitri  ,   Book 6, Canto 2) Grant that we many be worthy of this marvelous Presence and that henceforth everything in usbe concentrated on the one will to be more and more perfectly consecrated to the fulfilment of Thy sublime Work. - The Mother   4  Question of the month Q: Q: Q: Q: What is the part of the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo What is the part of the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo What is the part of the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo What is the part of the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo herehereherehere? ?? ?    A: A: A: A:  Sri M.P. Pandit : : : :  The Samadhi is the physical concentration of the consciousness that SriAurobindo embodied in his material body. Those who have faith can draw as much spiritualsustenance from the Samadhi as they did when he was physically present.The Samadhi is not a tomb where the physical remains of the Master are preserved. It is aliving reservoir of Spiritual consciousness and force, emanating its vibrations incessantly. Ihope I am not revealing any great secrets in recording here that there is in these vibrations apowerful sanction to every deep prayer that is offered at the Samadhi. I have known of countless instances where confirmed skeptics have returned men of faith after a visit to theSamadhi. (From “  All Life is Yoga” - M.P. Pandit, Dipti Publications, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry) Luminous Preservation of Sri Aurobindo’s Body ( Though Sri Aurobindo withdrew from his physical body on December 5, 1950, the body did not show any signs of decomposition till four days later. The body was aglow with a speciallight which the Mother confirmed as being the light of the Supramental. )Regarding the preservation of Sri Aurobindo’s body for severaldays after his withdrawal: You are right; the mere fact of preservation does not give special significance to the event.What was unique and important about the phenomenon was thepresence for so many days of the Supramental Light in thebody. It was the first time that the said Light was seen by manyphysical eyes, illumining a physical form. It was an irrefutabletestimony to the fact of the great Light having concretelydescended on the earth plane and found a material habitation,for however short a period.Preservation of the body by yogic means is not veryuncommon. There are scores of instances of Hathayoginswithdrawing their life-breath, leaving their bodies intact fordays together. There are certain currents of life-force- calledsub-pranas in the Indian system- which keep the body without disintegration even when themain life-breath has ceased. One need not be a yogi or a spiritual man or a saint for that.Persons who are used to pranayama in one form or another can have this effected in theirsystems.The greatness of saints is always their own. It is not conferred on them by the beliefs orsuperstitions of the devotees. (From “  All Life is Yoga” - M.P. Pandit, Dipti Publications, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry)
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